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Q&A with Yankees 38th Rnd Pick Andrew Schmidt
Andrew Schmidt: I was actually in a game and my mom told me from the stands. I was so overjoyed and full of emotions. The Yankees are a first class organization and I couldn't believe it. They are the premiere team in major league baseball and I couldn't believe it.
PinstripesPlus.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?
Schmidt: I just see myself as a scrappy player. I try to get on anyway I can. I try to work counts and get on base. I just see myself as a role player for the Yankees. I really am not sure yet though, I just am going to try to get better and see how my future goes.
PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
Schmidt: I play outfield so I think my one of my strengths is hitting. I think I can improve on defense, arm strength-wise and just trying to get better everyday.
PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?
Schmidt: I think my defensive game has improved a lot over the course of high school. I just need to work on getting faster and better arm strength. I need to work better on my defensive game and I know that.
PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
Schmidt: I try play like Brett Gardner, he is scrappy and I like his outfield play. I think that is my favorite Yankee.
PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
Schmidt: I talked to the scouting director Damon Oppenheimer before they drafted me. But I was still in shock when they drafted me.
PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
Schmidt: I think I will stay in the outfield. Either corner or center outfield, I am not sure.
PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Schmidt: My best moment is definitely playing in the Colorado Rockies Futures game my senior year. It was an All-Star game and it was really fun playing with all my friends and all of the best talent out of Colorado.
PinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
Schmidt: My favorite team was the Colorado Rockies. My favorite player growing up was Troy Tulowitzki.
PinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
Schmidt: No, for right now I just think I am going to go to school. I am heading to UCLA next year and I am so excited.
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